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Great Chicago Fire


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A Chicago band known for it's muddy work boots, anarchic stage shows and fondness for committing musical "pure butchery" (the New York Times) may seem an odd match for the stylish craft and classicism of a Nashville songwriting treasure, but that's just what came to be on Great Chicago Fire. The Waco Brothers, in case you haven't been paying attention are the tireless Jon Langford (Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Skull Orchard), Steve Goulding (Mekons, PVC, Graham Parker & the Rumour), Alan Doughty (Jesus Jones), Deano (Dollar Store, Wreck), Tracy Dear and Joe Camarillo (Hushdrops). Paul Burch and his fabulous WPA Ballclub has collaborated with artists in every musical genre including Mark Knopfler, Ralph Stanley, Lambchop, Exene Cervenka, and Vic Chesnutt.


The Wacos and Burch pull off a nifty trick on Great Chicago Fire. If the
Rolling Stones were still making great records, this would be it. --Chicago Tribune

It's just as insurgent as Bloodshot typically promises but Burch brings a
less boozy vibe to the sessions that nonetheless remain loose, vibrant and
crackling. Country rock done right, ie: without anyone taking themselves too
seriously. --American Songwriter

While plenty of country and folk roots are touched on here, the vigor and
rowdy spirit is always looming, but never gets too intense, which works
well, and allows both driving forces of the project to be heard. This is
just evidence of a metric ton of talent. --Slug Magazine

Such a paring seems like a great risk/great reward gamble for both musicians and fortunately for both the listener and the players it is the latter...Great Chicago Fire is the sound of a group of men who grateful to be working together, happy to be playing their favorite style of music and unable to contain their excitement. Fortunately for us, they didn t try.

This collaboration gives Burch s melodies the muscle they need, while bringing a dash of class to the Wacos party. Bring on a second round. --Winnipeg Star

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Product details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • ASIN: B007BS0YFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,873 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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